Timeless Beauty and Early Supermodels

Beautiful women didn’t just appear out of no where in the 21st century. In fact, the word “model” was arguably first coined by John Robert Powers in the 1920s, who first profited from using models to appear in paintings for artists. In the 1940s, along came Eileen and Jerry Ford founded out of New York. Then came Elite in the 1970s from Paris. The same founding agencies are still powerhouses today. So you may be wondering what earlier models looked like. Well, this is just my personal opinion, but they are surprisingly similar to the models today, except with a little more class. Keep in mind that the branding of models were different back then. In the 1920s to40s, models did not have a lot of earning power like they do today.

Here are 3 of my favorites:

Jinx Falkenburg – all class, a model and later TV star who got her nickname from her mother, thinking it will bring them “good luck”

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Jinx Falkenburg

Often confused with her sister Anita, Francine Counihan was a brief moment in the modeling industry. Later appearing in films and then leaving quietly to tend to family life, she’s the definition of timeless beauty:

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Francine Counihan on the right, Anita Counihan on the left

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My 3rd pick is not as classy, but she’s stayed strong over the years, and her beauty has captured and destroyed the lives of some of the most powerful men in the world during her peak. Once dubbed by the media as the girl with “the most beautiful face in the world”, she’s dated photographers, actors, rockstars, and is actually still alive today. I’m talking of course about Jean Shrimpton

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